The Best of Southern England (GV)

7 Day Tour from London to London

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This Southern England tour highlights some of the historical monuments and beautiful towns found throughout Southern England. Your tour starts in London with guided sightseeing of the city's must-see attractions, including Big Ben and a visit inside St. Paul's Cathedral. History buffs are sure to be delighted on the visits to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare and a town that brings to life what life was like in 16th-century England; mysterious Stonehenge; the fascinating Roman ruins in Bath, once used over 2,000 years ago for bathing and socializing; and Hever Castle, the 13th-century, double-moated castle and childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Enjoy a walking tour of Hampton Court Palace's gardens, with their sparkling fountains and ornamental flower displays. Visit magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, consecrated in 1258 and home to the best preserved original Magna Carta.

Throughout this tour of Southern England, you will be accompanied and guided by local experts who will bring these destinations to life with firsthand, in-depth knowledge of southern England’s history, treasures, and secrets. Plus, to give you authentic experiences, Globus has included special adventures, such as tea and scones at The Anchor pub near the ruins of 12th-century Tintern Abbey in the beautiful Wye Valley on the border of England and Wales.

From the vibrant city of London to the relaxing, seaside town of Brighton, this Southern England tour is a vacation of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and see the Changing of the Guard, if held
HAMPTON COURT
A special walking tour through the palace’s ornamental gardens
OXFORD
Visit the university city
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace; welcome dinner
BROADWAY
Visit the picturesque Cotswolds village
TINTERN ABBEY
Take pictures of the abbey ruins; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy tea and scones at The Anchor pub
BATH
Visit the Roman relics
STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument
SALISBURY
Visit the cathedral city; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy lunch in the Refectory restaurant
BRIGHTON
Visit the popular seaside resort
HEVER CASTLE
Visit the double-moated, 13th-century castle

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • City of Bath
  • Stonehenge
  • Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church

Transportation:

Motorcoach; free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 2 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Stratford

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in London, England

Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2 London

After a hearty English breakfast, morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. Later, maybe an optional dinner followed by a cruise on the Thames River?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 London–Hampton Court–Oxford–Stratford–Upon–Avon

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a lovely day of sightseeing. First, a special visit to admire the ORNAMENTAL GARDENS of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace. Your Tour Director will take you on a walk through the breathtaking grounds. Then, drive through Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta on June 15, 1215, and take a stroll in Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. Arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon in good time to take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.

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Day 4 Stratford–Upon-Avon–Broadway–Bath

A particularly scenic day. Enjoy vistas of the Cotswold Hills as you travel to the Elizabethan village of Broadway. On to Wales for a drive through the beautiful Wye Valley to the romantic ruins of 12th-century Tintern Abbey. Stop here for Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TEA and SCONES at The Anchor pub. Cross the 3,240-foot Severn Road Bridge, and in elegant Georgian Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS, with time to explore further on your own. This evening, consider an optional excursion to the picturesque, 13th-century village of Castle Combe.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Bath–Stonehenge–Salisbury–Brighton

Today, try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE; first, explore the stunning visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. In Salisbury, visit the splendid CATHEDRAL, the ultimate in Early English Gothic architecture and home to the best preserved original Magna Carta, and enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a light LUNCH in the Refectory restaurant. Your overnight is in the Regency seaside resort of Brighton.

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Day 6 Brighton–Hever Castle–London

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before visiting spectacular HEVER CASTLE, childhood home of Anne Boleyn; a romantic double-moated, 13th-century castle set in four acres of magnificent formal gardens for all seasons, which include Italian, rose, and Tudor gardens as well as a yew maze. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the end of your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

TRICIA WILLIAMSON

Years of Experience: 36

What I love most is the magnificent scenery of the British Isles, the pleasure of being able to show travelers evidence of our long and varied history, and the opportunity to meet so many interesting people; both the travelers themselves and the people we encounter at the many stops along the way!

Tour Director - TRICIA WILLIAMSON

 Accommodations

London
Stratford - upon - Avon
Bath
Brighton
London

London

Hilton London Metropole

Superior First-Class

225 Edgware Road
London, United Kingdom

This contemporary, centrally located 1,054-room hotel is just a few minutes' stroll away from the West End and Oxford Street, London's major shopping area. Hyde Park and Regent Park are nearby, as are art galleries, museums and theaters. Dine on international cuisine at Fiamma Restaurant, savor Asian Fusion favorites and views of London at Minako at the Met on the 23rd floor, or enjoy exciting sports events in the Sports Bar. Discover the latest additions to the hotel, the contemporary EDG Bar & Lounge and the Whisky Lounge, serving an impressive range of whiskies. The hotel also boasts a LivingWell Health Club, a 12.5 meter heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and the beauty salon.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access

Stratford - upon - Avon

Holiday Inn Stratford

Superior First-Class

Bridgefoot
Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Set in 5 acres of landscaped gardens alongside the banks of the River Avon, the hotel is ideal for both business or leisure guest.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Pool
  • ATM
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Phone

Bath

Hilton Bath City

First-Class

Walcot Street
Bath, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Settle in to a warm, inviting guest room at the Hilton Bath City hotel. Spoil yourself with the stunning views of the Pulteney Bridge and rolling hills.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service

Brighton

Hilton Metropole Brighton

Superior First-Class

Kings Road
Brighton, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Set on Brighton's seafront, the Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel offers charming Victorian elegance alongside modern convenience. Unwind on the sea-facing terrace with drinks. This hotel offers a choice of flexible space, quality facilities, and excellent service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite

London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Superior First-Class

200 Westminster Bridge
London, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

This contemporary hotel is located within minutes of London's famous landmarks in the heart of city. Dining options include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre with 15-metre pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guest throughout the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Pay Movies
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

London
Bath

London

A Taste of London

A Taste of London

A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

Approximate value: £74 GBP per person

Afternoon Excursion to Windsor Castle

Afternoon Excursion to Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. One of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II the castle is still used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions. Visit the magnificent State Apartments furnished with priceless works of art by Holbein, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. See wonderful St. George's Chapel the burial place of ten monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I.

Approximate value: £49 GBP per person

Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews

Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews

Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During August and September when the Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace's state rooms are open to visitors. These are the heart of the Palace, lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection which are used for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. Before entry to the Palace you will visit the Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables still in existence. See the State vehicles, both horse-drawn carriages and cars, used for coronations, royal weddings and State Visits, including the magnificent Gold State Coach which has been used for every coronation since 1821 and was last used for The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Approximate value: £57 GBP per person

Shownight - Beautiful (Saturday)

Shownight - Beautiful (Saturday)

This fully escorted, door-to-door evening excursion includes a gourmet dinner at a first class restaurant. Choose from a tasty 3 course, 3 choice menu with wine and coffee. Dinner is followed by best seats to see the sensational musical BEAUTIFUL. Return transfers are included, and your Local Host accompanies you during this wonderful evening in London's West End. BEAUTIFUL is the untold story of Carole King8217's journey from schoolgirl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom.

Approximate value: £145 GBP per person

Shownight - Kinky Boots (Saturday)

Shownight - Kinky Boots (Saturday)

This fully escorted, door-to-door evening excursion includes a gourmet dinner at a first class restaurant. Choose from a tasty 3 course, 3 choice menu with wine and coffee. Dinner is followed by best seats to see the sensational musical KINKY BOOTS. Return transfers are included, and your Local Host accompanies you during this wonderful evening in London's West End. KINKY BOOTS is Broadway's huge hearted, high heeled hit and it's coming to London! With songs by Grammy and Tony award winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendship we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. With direction and choreography by two time Tony award winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four time Tony award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), Kinky Boots is the winner of 6 Broadway Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out...

Approximate value: £145 GBP per person

Tower of London and Crown Jewels

Tower of London and Crown Jewels

The Tower of London is one of the most famous historic buildings in the world. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066-1067, it has been guarded by Yeoman Warders (popularly known as the Beefeaters) since the 14th century. It has been a fortress, a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution, and an armory. It is most famously known as the home to the priceless Crown Jewels, including the solid gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Imperial State Crown and Sovereigns Sceptre, the incredible Cullinan diamonds, and the Koh-i-Noor.

Approximate value: £46 GBP per person

Bath

Excursion to 13th-century Castle Combe

Excursion to 13th-century Castle Combe

Don't miss an evening in one of the prettiest villages in England. Stroll through the small streets lined with the characteristic Cotswold style stone houses with thick walls and roofs made of split natural stone tiles. At the quaint village inn, join the locals for two drinks of your choice and then enjoy a lovely pub dinner.

Approximate value: £45 GBP per person

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